GW Women's Hoops Set to Face Jacksonville State on Sunday at GSU Invite
Colonials Face Gamecocks for First Time in Consolation Match
Nov. 30, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (3-2)
ATLANTA - The George Washington women's basketball team takes on Jacksonville State in the consolation game of the Georgia State Invitational on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
GW (3-2) opened the tournament on Friday with an 80-60 loss to No. 22/21 Georgia, the Colonials' third top-25 opponent in their last four games. Ranked teams Maryland (No. 8) and Georgia have accounted for GW's only losses on the season.
Freshman Hannah Schaible led a balanced offensive attack with nine points against the Lady Bulldogs, and she added six rebounds and three assists. Freshman Caira Washington again neared a double-double with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, while graduate student Danni Jackson scored eight points to go with three assists and two steals. Junior Chakecia Miller added seven points and four helpers.
Graduate student Megan Nipe is the Atlantic 10's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 17.5 points per game, while Jackson is averaging 11.6 ppg and ranks among league leaders in assists with 3.6 apg. Washington is GW's top rebounder with 7.4 rpg to go with 8.8 ppg.
Jacksonville State is 2-5 on the season following a 5-63 loss to Georgia State on Friday in the first game of the GSU Invite. Candace Morton led the Gamecocks with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds against the Panthers, while Peyton Heisel scored 12 points and added three blocks off the bench.
Morton leads Jacksonville State with 17.9 points per game and ranks second on the team with 8.4 rebounds per contest. Miranda Cantrell is the Gamecocks' top rebounder with 9.1 rpg, third-most in the Ohio Valley Conference, to go with 10.1 ppg. Destany McLin gives JSU three players scoring in double figures with 10.8 ppg, and Naughton ranks fourth in the OVC with 4.9 assists per contest. Jacksonville State scores just 58.6 points per game as a team, ranking last in the OVC, but is the league's top defensive unit, allowing 64.4 points per game.
The Gamecocks, who were picked to finish sixth out of six teams in the OVC East Division after posting a 1-27 record last season, are in their first year under head coach Rick Pietri.
Sunday's game marks the first-ever meeting between GW and Jacksonville State and is just the second contest for the Colonials against a current member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
GW next heads back to D.C. for the remainder of 2013, starting with a visit to district rival Georgetown on Tuesday before hosting six straight games to end the year.